Apprehending trouble from the State Government ahead of the October 28 rally of Odisha Jan Morcha (OJM), rebel BJD leader and Rajya Sabha member Pyarimohan Mohapatra on Thursday requested Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to ensure that the rally passes off peacefully.
“Your call to the BJD MLAs to stop people of their constituencies from attending the rally as reported in the media has created a situation in which threats, intimidation, illegal restraint and plans for obstructing vehicular movement are being bandied about to stop the supporters of OJM from reaching the venue of the rally,” Pyari said in a letter to the Chief Minister.
Pyari who recently floated the Morcha within the BJD with an aim to bring democracy to the regional party further alleged that plans are afoot to create law and order problem in and around the venue of the rally if sufficient number of people manage to reach there.
“Internal party differences which have arisen on the question of ideology, principles and leadership should not be allowed to be settled through illegal action and administrative interference at the behest of the Chief Minister-cum-Home Minister,” Pyari said.
The Rajya Sabha member accused the Chief Minister of misusing the police by keeping his house under surveillance for the last seven months and taping his telephones.
Pyari requested the Chief Minister to ensure free passage to people interested to attend the rally and direct the Commissionerate of Police to take action against the disruptive elements, irrespective of their political affiliation.